THE UNTV Cup basketball charity event, a cause-oriented advocacy that featuring different government agencies and local celebrities, begins its second season on February 11 at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum.
“UNTV Cup is one of the projects we came up with since we know a lot of people in the government agencies as well as celebrities who are fond of playing basketball. But this time, they’ll be playing for a better cause,” UNTV CEO Daniel Razon said.
During the first season, seven teams vied for the top prize of P1 million for their chosen charity.
Players included high-ranking officials from the Supreme Court (Team Judiciary), Armed Forces of the Philippines (Team AFP), Philippine National Police (Team PNP) and Philhealth.
Officials from the Department of Justice (DOJ), Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA), Congress and some local government units (Congress-LGU), also took part in the league's inaugural season.
Team Judiciary, the UNTV CUP Season 1 champion, selected the Bohol earthquake and Mindanao conflict survivors as the recipients of the million-peso cash prize.
Second place Team PNP donated its P500,000 winnings to the Masonic Charities for Crippled Children.
For its second season, the UNTV Cup has assembled 10 teams to play in charity ball games. they include Judiciary, PNP, AFP, PhilHealth, MMDA, DOJ, Congress, LGU, Senate and the Malacanang Team.
Before becoming a basketball league, UNTV Cup has its roots in the “Sing and Shoot” exhibition game, where public servants and local celebrities took part in the benefit game.
Proceeds from the first two “Sing and Shoot” editions were used to fund the education of hundreds of scholars at La Verdad Christian College in Caloocan City.
Projects supported through UNTV are causes that require long-term assistance, such as free education program, operation of a transient home in Quezon City, medical health missions and free legal assistance.